Creating A New Normal
Undoubtedly in just a few short weeks, COVID-19 has upended nearly everyone’s regular routine and shaken the sense of normalcy in our lives. One important question we need to ask ourselves is “How well was normal working for us?” For many the answer, is “not so great.” Lives filled with stress, anxiety, busyness and oftentimes God quickly falling to the back burner of our lives. Much like we reset our phones to the default settings to get them working again, we can use this time to reset our lives to the proper priorities to create a new normal both for now and the future that will produce better fruit than what we’ve previously been experiencing.
Reorder Your Priorities
One the the keys to experiencing God’s best and all of his provision for us, is having our priorities rightly ordered. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” We are in a period where many of the things we’ve held dear have quickly faded away and now is the time for a Joshua moment to decide that when these things start to return, “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”, and not halfheartedly. Take this time to create a normal of what’s important for you and your family.
Order Your Finances
One of the greatest fears related to COVID-19 is the economic uncertainty, and thankfully for followers of Jesus we have a whole Bible filled with promises, like Psalm 62:6, that we don’t need to be shaken, no matter what comes our way. These promises do not negate the need to be good stewards of all the resources God has given us including and especially our money. In addition to supernatural provision, God has given us wisdom in His Word on how to handle our finances wisely and prepare for unexpected emergencies. Take this time to bring new order to your finances, cut expenses, make a plan to get out of debt, be more generous etc. Two great resources I’d recommend to anyone looking to get their finances in order are Dave’s Ramseys Financial Peace University (which happens to be offering a free 14-day trial right now) and the Seedtime website which offers sound biblical money advice as well as budgeting help and much more.
Boost Your Generosity
I found that a lot of people, even Christians, in the old normal were tired, worn out and just pure exhausted. However, there’s an amazing promise found in Proverbs 11:25 that stands the test of time, “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Could it be that we lacked refreshing because we had failed to “refresh others?” Take this time expand your generosity. Generosity is not dependent on how much money you have but rather it’s a mindset that says, “everything God has given me, I hold with an open hand.”
What will your new normal look like? Let us know in the comments.